Trump gets firsthand look at Hurricane Florence distress

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President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction Hurricane Florence left behind and the challenging relief efforts that are underway.

At least 27 of the 37 Florence-related deaths happened in North Carolina.

Florence is a "storm like no other" and its deadly flooding means "a long road ahead" for North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump Wednesday.

"How's the house?" he asked one person. "We're ready and they are ready to do whatever we have to do to make this flawless, and unfortunately that means the money will be a lot, but it will come as fast as you need, but to take care of everybody".

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours on Tuesday (Wednesdasy NZT) for handouts of food, water and tarps.

Both Carolinas are grappling with the effects of severe flooding, with more flooding expected as rivers crest.

Trump arrived in SC by helicopter a short time after he toured storm-damaged areas of neighboring North Carolina.

Behind the house was a large boat, which had washed up near the man's property.

Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.

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"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said.

"At this time no safe, stable or reliable route exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington", the NCDOT stated. Roads remained risky, and some were still being closed as swollen rivers emptied toward the ocean. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.

Florence has killed at least 35 people - 26 deaths happened in North Carolina, while another eight happened in SC.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.

Trump spent the run-up to the storm focused on criticism of the federal response to a hurricane that battered Puerto Rico a year ago, rejecting the official death toll of almost 3,000 and claiming Democrats manufactured the number to make him "look bad". A woman blew a whistle each time drivers had to pull forward.

He sympathized with those who were forced to flee and are now relying on government-distributed bottled water and ready-to-eat field rations. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said during the same briefing that "the worst is yet to come" for his state.

Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened. "We will never forget your loss".

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